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  • Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton collapses during State of the State

    01/23/2017 6:00:49 PM PST · by SMGFan · 45 replies
    BNO News ^ | January 23, 2017
    Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has collapsed while delivering the annual State of the State address in the House Chambers. The governor is receiving medical attention but his current condition is unknown. (more)
  • Last woman standing: GOP targets Sen. Baldwin as last statewide Democrat

    01/23/2017 4:43:54 AM PST · by SMGFan · 22 replies
    washington examiner ^ | January 22, 2017
    National and state Republicans think 2018 is the year they will essentially wipe Democrats out of Wisconsin. After their historic 2016 wins, Sen. Tammy Baldwin is the last Democrat left holding statewide office in the Dairy State and the drive to drum her out of office is already pushing highway speeds. Recent history is on Republicans' side: in 2016, Trump became the first Republican to win Wisconsin since Ronald Reagan in 1984; and Republican Sen. Ron Johnson — whose 2010 victory was considered a fluke — beat former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold for the second time. After Republican Gov. Scott...
  • Hacked New York Times Twitter account warns of imminent Russian missile attack

    01/22/2017 8:22:59 AM PST · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 22, 2017
    The New York Times Video Twitter account appears to have been hacked – possibly twice – Sunday morning. The @NYTvideo account tweeted “BREAKING: leaked statement from Vladimir Putin says: Russia will attack the United States with Missiles”. The post was taken down by 10 a.m., but was soon replaced with statements from the hacker group OurMine claiming to have co-opted the Twitter account to say that the Putin message was posted by a different hacker. 
  • Cory Booker: 'I am not open to being president'

    01/22/2017 7:39:39 AM PST · by SMGFan · 50 replies
    New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker said Saturday he is not planning to run for president in 2020, telling CNN's Brooke Baldwin he wants to instead focus on running an effective opposition to the Trump administration. "Too many things can happen that can hurt people in our nation and around the globe if this President isn't checked," Booker told Baldwin, speaking at the Women's March in Washington. "Right now, I don't care about 2020. I don't care about 2018."
  • Trump defied the polls, press and pundits to win White House.

    01/22/2017 7:10:59 AM PST · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    NYPost ^ | Michael Goodwin
    Two images bookend the most remarkable political contest of modern times. In the first, Donald Trump rides an escalator down to the lobby of Trump Tower to announce his fanciful campaign for president. In the second, Election Night maps on television screens flash red as 30 states fall like dominoes into Trump’s column. Just 17 months elapsed between those unforgettable moments, yet that span stands as an epoch unto itself in the history of America. We were eyewitnesses to a revolution, a rising up of people who felt shunned, betrayed and left behind. They called themselves “deplorables and irredeemables,” turning...
  • POTUS Twitter Account Transferred to Trump, Obama Now @POTUS44

    01/22/2017 2:03:14 AM PST · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    Newsmax ^ | January 20, 2017
    The Twitter account @POTUS was transferred to newly inaugurated President Donald Trump on Friday, dropping 10 million followers initially after the transfer. Former President Barack Obama created the @POTUS Twitter handle when Twitter began to become a prominent part of American culture, but always planned to pass it on to the next president when the transfer of power occurred. The former president’s account and tweets were transferred to @POTUS44, where they will be archived. His 13.8 million followers were added to the new account automatically.
  • Nancy Sinatra slams CNN for anti-Trump spin on story about her humorous tweet

    01/22/2017 1:50:30 AM PST · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    Fox news ^ | January 20, 2017
    Nancy Sinatra had some strong words for CNN after the news outlet published an article on its website with the headline “Nancy Sinatra not happy Trump using father's song at inauguration.” News broke this week that President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania will dance to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” as their first dance at the Liberty Ball on Friday. CNN quoted what seems to be a now-deleted tweet from Nancy Sinatra that read “Just remember the first line of the song” in response to a question about her father’s song being used during the inauguration. The first line of...
  • Directors Guild Probes Threat to Members Working on Trump Inauguration

    01/20/2017 2:10:04 AM PST · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    Variety MSN ^ | January 20, 2017
    The Directors Guild of America is investigating a threat in an anonymous email targeting guild members who opt to work on TV coverage of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. The email, first reported by TMZ, called  Trump “the monster we all fear” and said, “It is not an overstatement that he is about to destroy this country if we don’t do something about it.” The email said, “There is no need of naming names when the Inaugural credits will tell us enough about the people who truly care about this country and those who don’t share the same ideals.” In response, the...
  • Miguel Ferrer Dies: ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ & ‘Crossing Jordan’ Star Was 61

    01/19/2017 2:17:59 PM PST · by SMGFan · 80 replies
    Deadline MSN ^ | January 19, 2017
    Miguel Ferrer, who had played Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles since 2012 and co-starred with Jill Hennessy on CBS’ Crossing Jordan, died today of cancer. He was 61.
  • Great Concert at 4:00 P.M. today at Lincoln Memorial. Enjoy!

    01/19/2017 1:12:56 PM PST · by SMGFan · 134 replies
    Real Donald Trump twitter account ^ | January 19, 2017 | Donald Trump
    Great Concert at 4:00 P.M. today at Lincoln Memorial. Enjoy!
  • Obama: Reports of voter fraud are 'fake news'

    01/19/2017 11:11:17 AM PST · by SMGFan · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 18, 2017
    President Obama on Wednesday talked about the importance of voting rights, dismissing the idea of large-scale voter fraud as "fake news."   "This whole notion of voting fraud — this is something that has constantly been disproved," Obama said during the final press conference of his presidency. "This is fake news — the notion that there are a whole bunch of people out there who are going out there and are not eligible to vote and want to vote."   Instead, Obama said, the country has the opposite problem: There are a lot of people in the country who are...
  • Tehran’s Iconic Plasco Building Collapses After Fire; 30 Reportedly Dead

    01/19/2017 5:47:41 AM PST · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    NBC news ^ | January 19, 2017
    Dozens of firefighters were killed when a high-rise building collapsed after a blaze in Iran's capital, state-run Press TV reported Thursday. The broadcaster put the death toll at 30 at Tehran's iconic Plasco building. It gave no source for the information. NBC News could not independently confirm Press TV's report.
  • Monica Lewinsky Saga in the Works as 'American Crime Story' Season (Exclusive)

    01/19/2017 5:00:47 AM PST · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 18, 2017
    Ryan Murphy has optioned Jeffrey Toobin's book 'A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.' With seasons two and three of FX anthology American Crime Story already in the works, showrunner Ryan Murphy is eyeing the franchise's future beyond that. Murphy has set his sights on exploring the Monica Lewinsky scandal for a subsequent season of the franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. To that end, Murphy and American Crime Story producers Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions have optioned author Jeffrey Toobin's 2000 best-seller A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought...
  • Gwen Moore to Attend Inauguration as 'The Resistance' (D WI)

    01/18/2017 5:19:05 PM PST · by SMGFan · 32 replies
    rollcall ^ | January 18, 2017
    Many Democrats are planning to skip Friday’s inaugural activities over their objections to President-elect Donald Trump, but not Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore.“As a proud Democrat, I want President-elect Trump to see me front and center as he’s sworn in,” Moore said in a statement Wednesday. “I want him to see exactly what his opposition looks like. When he sees me, I want him to see The Resistance.”Moore said she suspects Trump will use his inaugural address “to bypass Democrats and to push his extreme agenda with utter impunity” and that she refuses to be “a pawn” in that effort by...
  • Fox rejects Super Bowl ad featuring border wall

    01/18/2017 4:55:09 PM PST · by SMGFan · 31 replies
    NYPost ^ | January 18, 2017
    Super Bowl LI is still 18 days away, but Madison Avenue’s TV ad controversy game is already underway. Fox, which will broadcast this year’s NFL Championship game, has asked for changes to a 90-second commercial from a building supply firm that features a border wall. The spot, from 84 Lumber, a first time Super Bowl advertiser, was deemed by Fox to be too controversial, a spokesman for ad agency Brunner told The Post.
  • Girls Scouts Defend Their Involvement in Donald Trump Inauguration

    01/18/2017 11:54:06 AM PST · by SMGFan · 32 replies
    NBC ^ | January 18, 2017
    The Girl Scouts of America, the popular, over 100-year-old youth organization, defended their participation in the inauguration ceremonies for President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday in the wake of some criticism for their involvement. It was revealed this week that the Girl Scouts would march in an inaugural parade on Friday. The Boy Scouts of America, as well as several military and veterans' organizations, will also be participating, but the presence of the Girl Scouts has stoked controversy in light of Trump's well-documented history of making sexist statements about women, as well as numerous allegations of sexual harassment and assault that...
  • Trump: I Don't Like Tweeting ... But It's My Only Way Around a Dishonest Media

    01/18/2017 11:09:51 AM PST · by SMGFan · 34 replies
    Fox news ^ | January 18, 2017
    President-elect Donald Trump declared in an interview released late Tuesday that he dislikes tweeting and uses Twitter as a defense against media. “Look, I don’t like tweeting,” Trump insisted during a Fox News interview scheduled to air Wednesday. "I have other things I could be doing.” “But I get very dishonest media, very dishonest press. And it’s my only way that I can counteract. When people make misstatements about me, I’m able to say it and call it out.”
  • Jersey City ranked 'queerest city in America'

    01/18/2017 2:10:42 AM PST · by SMGFan · 21 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | January 17, 2017
    Jersey City is the queerest city in America, at least according to LGBT magazine The Advocate. The publication unveiled its list last week of the queerest places in the nation and Jersey City outranks such notably gay-friendly cities as New York City, San Francisco and ... Buffalo.
  • Obama commutes 55-year sentence of controversial mastermind of '70s Puerto Rican terror group

    01/17/2017 6:05:36 PM PST · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    NYDaily News ^ | January 17, 2017
    The last imprisoned member of the Puerto Rican independence group that terrorized New York in the 1970s will be a free man in May — 20 years ahead of schedule. President Obama granted a commutation Tuesday to FALN mastermind Oscar López Rivera, who’s served 35 years of his 55-year sentence
  • Maine governor to Rep. John Lewis: You need a history lesson

    01/17/2017 2:25:25 PM PST · by SMGFan · 47 replies
    MSN AP ^ | January 17, 2017
    Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights leader who says he doesn't see Donald Trump as a "legitimate president," should be grateful for all that Republican presidents have done for black people, GOP Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday. LePage, who's white, said on WVOM-FM that the black Democratic Georgia congressman needs a history lesson. "We're sick of the silver-tongued people. How about John Lewis last week? Criticizing the president?" LePage said. "You know, I will just say this: John Lewis ought to look at history. It was Abraham Lincoln that freed the slaves. It was Rutherford B. Hayes and...
  • Newsmax's 30 Most Influential Republicans Under 30

    01/15/2017 4:42:10 PM PST · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | January 12, 2017
    President Ronald Reagan once said, “The future does not belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.” In that spirit, Newsmax has compiled a list of the brightest and bravest in the Grand Old Party under the age of 30. While a majority of these young people come from political backgrounds — including a few who even hold elected office — they all possess a great influence in promoting Republican values that belies their ages. Whether the influence of these 30 is demonstrated by becoming a viral sensation, by taking on the mantles of leadership, or by laying the...
  • Report: Election officials threw out thousands of Kan. ballots

    01/15/2017 4:33:22 PM PST · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    Salina Post ^ | January 15, 2017
    Kansas election officials threw out thousands of ballots cast in November, mostly because the state had no record those residents were registered voters.<> Some local officials are now voicing concerns about numerous documented instances of lost voter registrations from people who had filled out applications on the state’s online site and at motor vehicle offices. Those names never showed up on any poll books despite the fact these voters had date-stamped, computer screenshot confirmations. The secretary of state’s office says there was a technical problem with the motor vehicle department computer system that handles online registrations that was corrected days...
  • Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities ...

    01/14/2017 4:32:46 PM PST · by SMGFan · 37 replies
    Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S. I can use all the help I can get! 7:22 PM - 14 Jan 2017
  • Hollywood Crybaby Joss Whedon Wants Paul Ryan To Be ****** To Death By A Rhino

    01/14/2017 7:14:22 AM PST · by SMGFan · 50 replies
    Downtrend ^ | January 14, 2017 | Brian Anderson
    <p>Remember earlier this week when actress Nicole Kidman was the voice of reason in Hollywood by saying everyone has to accept that Donald Trump is president and support him? Well, liberal writer/director Joss Whedon kind of took her advice. Instead of going after Trump with rage and tears he turned his hurt feelings on Speaker of The House Paul Ryan, hoping he would be f*cked to death by a rhino. After falling into a creative glut for years, Hollywood is once again entertaining us.</p>
  • Zoe Saldana: Hollywood bullied Trump

    01/14/2017 3:36:49 AM PST · by SMGFan · 30 replies
    Yahoo AFP ^ | January 13, 2017
    It isn't an opinion heard frequently in the famously liberal Hollywood, but sci-fi queen Zoe Saldana has spoken out against the acting community for bullying abrasive Donald Trump. The "Star Trek," "Avatar" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" star -- who is not a supporter of the Republican president-elect -- believes insults flung at him during the race for the White House turned off much of middle America. "We got cocky and became arrogant and we also became bullies," the 38-year-old actress said of Trump, who has been frequently berated himself for bullying tactics, including seemingly mocking a reporter with disabilities....
  • For the first time in 2 years, El Salvador marks a day without a killing

    01/14/2017 12:01:18 AM PST · by SMGFan · 6 replies
    MSN Washington Post ^ | January 13, 2017
    It was a rare moment for the tiny Central American nation, and the authorities touted the news: In one span of 24 hours, El Salvador saw no killings. National Civil Police Commissioner Howard Cotto made the announcement at a news conference Thursday, saying that the previous day, the country “closed with zero homicides.”
  • Massachusetts weighs doing away with winter time shift

    01/11/2017 6:02:30 PM PST · by SMGFan · 100 replies
    Fox news ^ | January 11, 2017
    BOSTON –  Lacking authority to change the laws of physics to allow more sunlight on the darkest days of winter, a special commission is instead considering whether Massachusetts should change the laws of man and observe daylight saving time year-round. If adopted, Massachusetts residents wouldn't have to set their clocks back in November and forward in March, as most of the U.S. does. Benefits of having daylight saving time throughout the year could include energy savings and less seasonal depression, proponents suggest
  • Nutella maker fights back on palm oil after cancer risk study

    01/11/2017 5:36:35 PM PST · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 11, 2017
    The $44 billion palm oil industry, under pressure in Europe after authorities listed the edible oil as a cancer risk, has found a vocal ally in the food sector: the maker of Nutella. Italian confectionery firm Ferrero has taken a public stand in defense of an ingredient that some other food companies in the country are boycotting. It has launched an advertising campaign to assure the public about the safety of Nutella, its flagship product which makes up about a fifth of its sales

    01/10/2017 5:36:14 PM PST · by SMGFan · 24 replies
  • Steven McDonald, NYPD cop paralyzed 30 years ago, dead at age 59

    01/10/2017 4:03:52 PM PST · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    MSN Daily News ^ | January 10, 2017
    NYPD Officer Steven McDonald, left for dead by a teen gunman, never heard the prognosis of his imminent demise. The paralyzed cop miraculously survived for the next three decades, living to see the birth of his son and become a global voice for peace and forgiveness across an extraordinary and unexpected life. McDonald died Tuesday at the age of 59 after suffering a heart attack at his Long Island home on Friday. “No one could have predicted that Steven would touch so many people, in New York and around the world,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said
  • Murphy vows to defy 'unconstitutional' orders from Trump if elected N.J. governor

    01/09/2017 4:03:52 PM PST · by SMGFan · 42 replies
    Phil Murphy, the Democratic front-runner in the 2017 race to replace Gov. Chris Christie, picked up the endorsements of New Jersey's Democratic U.S. Senators on Monday and vowed to disobey orders from a President Donald Trump that would violate the constitution or are "un-American." Murphy appeared at his campaign headquarters in downtown Newark to tout the endorsements of U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez. "I will not take orders from an Administration that are unconstitutional or un-American," Murphy vowed.
  • Couple renting Chelsea pad hasn’t paid rent since 2010

    01/08/2017 4:16:19 PM PST · by SMGFan · 72 replies
    NYPost ^ | January 8, 2017
    One couple found a way to make Manhattan affordable: not paying rent on their Chelsea loft for six years. Digital-content producers Zachary Bennett and Karen Nourse quit paying the $4,754.02 monthly rent on their West 26th Street place back in 2010, according to a lawsuit. They owe $410,000 in rent and electric charges, their landlord claims.
  • Torricelli: After meeting Castro, I have no regrets choking Cuba | Opinion

    01/08/2017 7:26:53 AM PST · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    nj,com ^ | November 30, 2016
    The death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro raises once again the issue of the American embargo. It's a controversial law that for five decades has been more misunderstood and misrepresented than anything I've experienced in public life. I authored the law strengthening the U.S. embargo under President George H.W. Bush when I was in Congress, so a little perspective is in order as we ponder Castro's passing and what he meant to U.S.-Cuba relations. Among my first memories as a child growing up in Franklin Lakes were of the U.S. and the USSR teetering on the brink of nuclear war. Only recently have we learned...
  • Paralyzed NYPD detective Steven McDonald suffers heart attack

    01/07/2017 4:37:34 AM PST · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    Newsday ^ | January 6, 2017
    Det. Steven McDonald, the NYPD officer who was paralyzed in 1986 after being shot in Central Park, apparently suffered a heart attack Friday, police officials said.
  • Vicente Fox to Trump: We won't pay for 'that f----- wall'

    01/06/2017 6:03:36 PM PST · by SMGFan · 79 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 6, 2017
    story at link
  • Florida Governor Reached Out to Trump After Fort Lauderdale Shooting But Not Obama

    01/06/2017 3:48:58 PM PST · by SMGFan · 49 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 6, 2017
    In the aftermath of the deadly mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport today, Florida Governor Rick Scott spoke to the press to give an update. Scott stated that he reached out to President-elect Donald Trump and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence, who let him know they would help him with any assistance from the federal government. However, he also let it be known that he has not spoken with the current President, saying Barack Obama has not reached out to him yet. When pressed by reporters, he stated that he only reached out to Trump and Pence, but not to Obama,...
  • ‘It is over’: Congress certifies Trump’s win, over last-ditch Dem objections

    01/06/2017 10:58:23 AM PST · by SMGFan · 52 replies
    Fox news ^ | January 6, 2017
    A joint session of Congress on Friday formally certified President-elect Donald Trump’s Electoral College victory, over the last-minute objections of several Democratic lawmakers who tried to contest the outcome – and were instructed by Vice President Biden, “It is over.” The certification clears away any final roadblocks for Trump’s road to the inauguration in two weeks. Trump was certified as winning the White House race with 304 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 227. Mike Pence was certified as the next vice president
  • Vanity - House Dems try to challenge Electoral College Votes - Biden dismisses them

    01/06/2017 10:26:34 AM PST · by SMGFan · 51 replies
    C Span ^ | January 6, 2017
    The House Democrats failed to have 1 Senator signature.
  • Video: And Now, A Special Message to Predictable, Self-Important Hollywood Celebrities

    01/06/2017 9:40:14 AM PST · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    townhall ^ | January 6, 2017 | Guy Benson
    Before you take in our latest creation, feel free to check out the (latest) video we are satirizing -- which may not even be necessary, to be quite honest.  Why?  Because it feels like the lefty glitterati has been making this exact same video, using the exact same tired format, for at least the last five election cycles. It's been especially bad this year, to the point that they've already been ridiculed for it.  Anyway, in case you could use a refresher, here are some famous and quasi-famous people broadcasting their "demands" to Congress. They are super serious, you guys:
  • Trump Says Focus on Russian Hacking Is a ‘Political Witch Hunt’

    01/06/2017 8:24:03 AM PST · by SMGFan · 47 replies
    NYTimes ^ | January 6, 2017
    WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump said in an interview Friday morning that the storm surrounding Russian hacking during the presidential campaign is a political witch hunt being carried out by his adversaries, who he said were embarrassed by their loss to him in the election last year. Mr. Trump spoke to The New York Times by telephone three hours before he was set to be briefed by the nation’s top intelligence and law enforcement officials about Russian hacking of American political institutions. In the conversation, he repeatedly criticized the intense focus on the alleged cyber intrusions by Russia.
  • Donald Trump to be declared electoral college winner today

    01/06/2017 1:57:56 AM PST · by SMGFan · 38 replies
    CBC ^ | January 6, 2017
    The end of the 2016 presidential election is at hand. A joint session of Congress is set to count the Electoral College votes on Friday, a traditional ending to a most unconventional presidential election. Barring something bizarre happening, Republican Donald Trump will be declared the winner and will be sworn in at his inauguration on Jan. 20. All 538 electors met in their respective state capitals in December to cast their votes. Trump finished with 304 votes and Democrat Hillary Clinton with 227, according to a tally by The Associated Press. It takes 270 Electoral College votes to win the...
  • If Republicans play winner-takes-all, everyone will lose

    01/05/2017 4:26:52 PM PST · by SMGFan · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 3, 2017 | Editorial Board
    FOR THE most part, Tuesday’s opening session of the 115th Congress was about pomp and circumstance. Still, the prepared speeches and swearing-in ceremonies reminded everyone that — for all the ferment over an impending Donald Trump presidency — there is also a legislative branch of government in the United States. Republicans control the Senate and the House as well as the presidency and are all but salivating over the power to enact dramatic changes to the course President Obama charted during the past eight years. But some wiser GOP leaders are at least questioning whether exploiting their majority to maximum...
  • Iowa Secretary of State Pate rolls out voter ID proposal

    01/05/2017 3:34:51 PM PST · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | January 5, 2017
    Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is asking legislators to quickly approve a bill that would require voters to show some form of identification before casting a ballot. “This bill will make it difficult to cheat the system,” Pate says. The bill Pate seeks would require Iowans to show a driver’s license, a military ID, their passport or a voter ID card issued by his office to be eligible to vote in their precinct on Election Day.
  • Trump Tweet about North Korea nuclear weapon

    01/02/2017 3:16:29 PM PST · by SMGFan · 22 replies
    North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won't happen! 6:05 PM - 2 Jan 2017
  • The Big Bang Theory’ Threatens to Dethrone Sunday Night Football as TV’s Most Watched Show

    12/31/2016 3:15:09 PM PST · by SMGFan · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 31, 2016
    In every office, every corporate executive suite, and every law firm across this great land, the men who had got pantsed and received numerous swirlies at the hands of jocks in high school finally have their chance at redemption against their brawny tormentors. According to a press release from CBS, “The Big Bang Theory,” the brainy sitcom which references pyramids and autotrophs in its theme song, beat out NBC’s Sunday Night Football as the top-rated, live, primetime same day show. For the past five years Sunday Night Football had owned that coveted, top spot.
  • Disney could receive $50M for Carrie Fisher's death

    12/31/2016 2:41:03 PM PST · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    NYPost ^ | December 31, 2016
    Carrie Fisher’s death could be a windfall for Disney. The entertainment company, the distributor of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the next two films in the franchise, could receive $50 million thanks to an insurance policy the company took out in the event Fisher was unable to fulfill her three-film contract. It’s set to be the largest single personal accident insurance claim payout ever, according to Insurance Insider.
  • HuffPo Editor: With The Democrats In Ruins, You Have To Ask Whether Obama Was Good For The Party

    12/31/2016 10:40:08 AM PST · by SMGFan · 69 replies
    townhall ^ | December 30, 2016
    Even The Huffington Post cannot let the down-ballot gutting of the Democrats go unnoticed. Senior politics editor Sam Stein was on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Wednesday, where he said that while Obama was re-elected twice proving himself to be an excellent candidate—his party has suffered catastrophic losses during his presidency. In all, the Democrats have lost 1,030 seats at the state and federal level, a wipeout of at least a generation of Democratic talent. Stein added that with such a political butcher’s bill, you have to ask whether this man was good for Democrats (via The Hill):
  • North Carolina law stripping gov.-elect's power blocked

    12/30/2016 12:46:33 PM PST · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    MSN AP ^ | December 30, 2016
    A North Carolina judge is temporarily blocking a new Republican-backed law that strips the incoming Democratic governor of his control over election boards just before he takes office. Wake County Superior Court Judge Don Stephens ruled Friday that the risk to free and fair elections justified stopping the law from taking effect this weekend until it could be reviewed more closely. Stephens plans to review the law Thursday.
  • Hatch Watch! Nation Transfixed by Two Bald Eagle Eggs on Live Cam

    12/30/2016 11:56:46 AM PST · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    NBC news ^ | December 30, 2016
    Pip, pip, hooray! The first of two baby American bald eagles has begun to hatch in Fort Meyers, Florida, delighting millions of people who have tuned in to watch the eaglets emerge. The build up to the hatching is being live-streamed 24/7 by the Southwest Florida Eagle Camera, offering a close-up look at the lives of female bald eagle Harriet and her mate, M15. On Thursday afternoon, viewers caught a glimpse of the beginning of the hatching process, the first crack in an egg's shell. The first break in the shell is called a pip, according to the National Eagle...
  • New Census Projections Show RI To Lose U.S. House Seat

    12/29/2016 5:01:30 PM PST · by SMGFan · 62 replies
    RIPR ^ | December 21, 2016
    Rhode Island is likely to lose one of its two U.S. House seats after the 2020 U.S. Census, according to projections by reapportionment guru Kimball W. Brace, who has for many years helped Rhode Island lawmakers draw both state legislative and congressional districts